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Peek inside: Two luxury hotels open in downtown Austin

The side-by-side hotels are officially open as of yesterday. (Thompson Austin)

Two new conjoined hotels opened this week in Austin in a mixed-use development right in the heart of downtown.

The two Hyatt hotels, Thompson Austin and tommie Austin, opened on 506 San Jacinto Blvd, right next to James Beard-approved restaurants and over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Thompson Austin boasts itself as a new cultural hub with an elevated social scene and highly desirable food and beverage options. And tommie Austin says it was built for "discovering vibrant neighborhoods."

“Austin is one of the most beloved travel destinations and serves as home to many inspiring people and businesses that we’re honored to be joining,” managing director Nate Hardesty.

With the goal of becoming Austin’s “premier urban playground,” Thompson Austin has 212 guestrooms, 17 residences, a wellness center with private fitness rooms and a pool with al fresco dining. Streetside, you’ll find James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey and partner Johno Morisano at The Grey, which is available for room service.

Once you’re checked in, notice the raw-cut gemstone front desk, mixed metal finishes and sniff out the Thompson Hotel’s signature scent made by D.S. & DURGA.

The bespoke front desk at Thompson Austin is the lobby focal point. (Thompson Austin)

On the other hand, tommie Austin is designed to be an “epicenter for creativity and adventure” by tapping into local amenities like an all-day coffee counter serving brews from Greater Goods Coffee Co. and playful retail on the ground floor connecting to the lobby.

Designed by Venice-based Studio Collective, the 193 king bed guestrooms take inspiration from West Texas elements, geometric patterns, tactile textures and sights from the Southwest.

Tommi Austin is characterized by Southwestern views and striking accents. (tommi Austin)

The two hotels will be connected by The Grey, a fourth-floor entertainment deck featuring Wax Myrtle’s Club & Pool by Chicago-based Land and Sea Dept, and Greater Goods Coffee on the ground floor.

To celebrate its grand opening, the hotels are offering three packages in collaboration with local brands: tommie Austin x Austin DeTours, including a two-night stay and street art experience; Thompson Austin x Tecovas, with a Southern-spired gift bag of branded whiskey glasses and $250 gift card to Tecovas.

The final package, the Have it All at Thompson Austin, includes a $100 food & beverage credit, chef-selected welcome amenity, branded leather tote, two tickets to The Contemporary Austin, $20 gift card to Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts, curated Tecovas gift bag and complimentary parking.

A night at Thompson Austin starts at $329 per night and $199 per night at tommie Austin, though prices are seasonally based.


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.